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By a verified traveller on Mon 09 Dec 2019

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in the heart of Rarotonga awaits you at The Islander Hotel. Within a 20-minute stroll, you'll find Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre and Punanga Nui Market. Highlights at this beach hotel include 2 poolside bars, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa.

WiFi, LED TVs, and in-room childcare are featured in all 13 rooms. Tempur-Pedic beds and premium bedding invite a comfortable night's sleep, and you'll find nice touches like free toiletries. Additionally, room service, in-room massages, and ceiling fans are available.

A relaxing day at My Beauty and Spa can include deep-tissue massages, detox wraps, and body wraps along with aromatherapy and reflexology. At the hotel's restaurant, you can grab a bite to eat. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and nightclub. 538 square feet (50 square meters) of event facilities include a meeting room, and other business amenities include a business center. Plus you'll find WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli. Each morning free buffet breakfast is offered between 8 AM and 10 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of a free airport shuttle.

Within a 30-minute drive of this 3-star Rarotonga hotel, attractions include Muri Beach and Aroa Beach.

Cabana Couples

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$193* Per night/room 17 Apr. - 18 Apr.

The Islander Hotel ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.3 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Islander Hotel

Everyone (19) Couples (4) Business (1) Family (4)
1 out of 5
Another couple and my husband and I both booked online and when we arrived at the hotel we were told we had to be taken to another hotel down the road. This was inconvenient as all of our friends were staying at this hotel. I would have preferred to be told there was no vacancy but it seems they would rather mislead you then lose the booking. Just confirm with them after you book. The standard of the room for the cost was inferior, although it was clean and a reasonable size. Had no milk so the tea and coffee they provided was no use to us.

Posted by on 11 Dec. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

25 Dec. 2019 by Jeremy

Kia Orana, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. This is certainly not the standard of service we want any of our guest to experience. and would like to sincerely apologies for the inconvenience. Our reservations system is now updated to prevent such bookings in future but hope you loved your holiday in the Cook Islands. Kia Manuia,

4 out of 5
Nice and convenient comfortable and nice foot . Night auditor and security are really great.

Posted by on 9 Dec. 2019

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24 Dec. 2019 by Jeremy

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback of your stay with us.

4 out of 5
Friendly and great food. Only issue was noise. As an airport hotel the very noisy bar area right by the rooms meant that it was difficult to sleep

Posted by on 19 Sep. 2019

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3 Oct. 2019 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for your review. The Hula Bar on the beach has a live band from 9pm to 11.30pm Mon to Sat. The rest of the day is very quiet. Our restaurant is very popular with locals and visitors.

5 out of 5
The staff are friendly and very helpful, no request was ever too big. The room we stayed in was lovely and well presented and serviced daily. The food is simply amazing and so delicious. The evening cocktail drinks were just divine and the music just added a little bit extra to the island getaway ambiance. We would have been happy to leave with just this experience but what topped it off for us were the spectacular sightings of the whales swimming and playing just past the reef right in front of the hotel, simply beautiful.

Posted by on 18 Sep. 2019

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3 Oct. 2019 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon.

2 out of 5
Booked and paid for 3 rooms in April and when we arrived just prior to 11,00pm the hotel advised they had no rooms for us. The rooms were $200 per night and they offered alternative accommodation across the road in 4 bunk beds. We were told one room in the hotel would be available around 1.00am and we would have to wait for it to be serviced.

Posted by on 16 Sep. 2019

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4 out of 5
Liked the staff but didn’t like condition of property

Posted by on 29 Aug. 2019

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3 Oct. 2019 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for your review. Our team members are great. We are renovating the property in sections to present a beautiful tropical product.

2 out of 5
The pool closed at 6pm which is far to early, and the spa wasn't open once during our say. There was no information of either of these things. Everytime I asked the front desk staff they seemed to be annoyed by it. Not impressed at all.

Posted by on 4 Jun. 2019

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5 Jun. 2019 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for your review. We close the pool to children who love to dive and splash about since our dinner service starts at this time. Our swimming pool is located in the middle of our outdoor waterfront dining restaurant. The spa is open - Mon to Sat from 8am to 5pm. The spa is very popular and slots are quickly filled up days ahead, in which case we are happy to refer you to other spas on Rarotonga. Guests are welcome to book directly with the spa located adjacent Room 5.

5 out of 5
Very handy and close to everything. I would recommend the Islander

Posted by on 4 May 2019

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10 May 2019 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for staying with us.

3 out of 5
Could not fault the staff in any way. Breakfast buffet and lunch buffet not very hot, and quite poor. The meals from the menu fabulous. Clean roomsa and bathrooms. Disappointed that the web page shows sun loungers by the sea, but that is not true. No swimming allowed on the beach, to rocky and no loungers, you have to take a bus to the beach or to another resort. Pool is placed in the centre of the restraunt so not very nice for people eating, then you have to troop outside to the tables with umbrellas to dry of. Bar neefs updating, but good atmosphere. Would stay again but only for 1or 2 nights

Posted by on 18 Feb. 2019

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20 Feb. 2019 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for staying with us. Sunloungers have been relocated to our other properties with beach-lagoon access. Buffet meals are designed to feed large volumes. Our menu offers individually prepared meals that delight.

3 out of 5

no beach

Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: lounger chairs, soap holder in shower
Location: It is not beachfront so you have to travel to get to a sandy beach. Handy to most things as the bus passes by every half hour.
This is not a beach front hotel. The rooms are noisy at night because they are right next door to the bar although it closes down at 11.30. Some lounger chairs would be ideal to relax in rather than bbq tables. Staff is very friendly and helpful and the rooms are comfortable.

Posted by , from Waihi beach NZ on 16 Aug. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

8 Sep. 2018 by Kia Manuia

Thank you for your review. We have a private beach reserve w bungalows located 500m up the road towards Arorangi - guests are welcome to swim there. We will be installing sunloungers w mattresses very soon.

About the The Islander Hotel

Location Main Road, Rarotonga,

Property Features

For a convenient ride to the sand and surf, hop on the hotel's beach shuttle (surcharge). At The Islander Hotel, pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa and enjoy amenities like an outdoor pool. Free breakfast is available daily. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. For a drink, you can stop by one of the onsite bars, including 2 poolside bars and 2 bars/lounges. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. This beach hotel also offers a garden and a terrace. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Rarotonga hotel.

  • 1 building
  • 1 floor
  • 13 guestrooms or units
  • 2 bars by the pool
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • 538 sq ft of conference space
  • 50 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2004
  • Buffet breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Nightclub
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Business facilities
  • 1 conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces) , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.) (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle; area shuttle within 33 km, cruise terminal shuttle, beach shuttle, and shopping center shuttle available for a surcharge
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Islander Hotel offers 13 air-conditioned accommodations with hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Tempur-Pedic beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding. LED televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. This Rarotonga hotel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include ceiling fans and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Tempur-Pedic beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LED television
  • Electric kettle
  • Egyptian cotton linens
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

Guests are served free buffet breakfast daily from 8 AM to 10 AM.

The Islander Hotel has a restaurant on site.

Late night fare is available from room service (during limited hours).

Spa Services

  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages
  • Minimum age to access spa is 12
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Detoxification wrap

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at anytime

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 25 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

  • No lifts
  • Number of children who can stay for free – 2
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A damage deposit of NZD 100 will be collected before check-in.

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 10 per hour (1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 10 (for 2 hours, 1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 25 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Islander Hotel Rarotonga
  • Islander Rarotonga
  • The Islander Hotel Hotel
  • The Islander Hotel Rarotonga
  • The Islander Hotel Hotel Rarotonga

You should know

  • The Islander Hotel offers transfers from the cruise terminal and airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 24 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.